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CCVS on lockdown due to suspicious male

By Shawna O'Neill 

Published on January 8, 2019

CCVS (Nick Seebruch/ TC Media).

UPDATE: 3 p.m. All buses in the City of Cornwall have been cancelled. Parents and guardians have been asked to pick up their child at their school.

UPDATE: 12:22 p.m. The Cornwall Community Police Service (CCPS) are reporting that they are looking for a male with a rifle. They are asking residents in the areas of Second St. to Ninth St., and Nick Kaneb Dr. to Cumberland Ave. to remain in their homes.

UPDATE 11:44 a.m.: The Cornwall Community Hospital has also been locked down according to the police. Ambulances are still being accepted and the triage nurse is still available for emergencies. Entrances to the main hospital building and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health have both been closed.

CORNWALL, Ontario – CCPS has confirmed that Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational Institute (CCVS) is on lockdown at 10:40 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8. 

All other schools in the area of Amelia St. and Seventh St. have been placed on hold and secure "as a precautionary measure only" according to CCPS. 

"The Cornwall Police Service is actively investigating a report of a suspicious male seen in the area of Amelia St. and Seventh St. at approximately 8:50 am this morning. As such, the public will note an increased presence of police officers in the area searching for the male," read a CCPS statement. 

Cornwall CCVS released the following statement on their Facebook page around 10:05 a.m...."Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational Institute (CCVS) is currently in a Lockdown as requested by Cornwall Police...all students and staff are safe. Police are on site at CCVS. No one can enter or exit these schools while this matter is under investigation . We will update via social media as more information becomes available."

Police say no injuries have been reported and the investigation is its early stages. 

Patients at the Cornwall Communtiy Hospital (CCH) report that the hospital is also under lockdown.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.